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Get LED Notification on Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL – No Root

Ahead we take you through how get LED notification light on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL without any root. It is unfortunate to see brands removing features / hardware from smartphones in return for a thinner body. A prominent one that has been removed recently from phones is 3.5 mm headphone jack. Similarly, there is another such attribute which is Notification LED – It’s a way for Android to communicate information to you while the screen is off. We recently saw the elimination of Notification LED in Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to make way for Always On Display. Fortunately, however, one XDA developer has brought a ray of hope for those who will like to have this feature back and we have the complete guide ahead showing how.

Grokus, a senior XDA member, has created an app called Pixel Pulse which can bring the Notification LED back to your Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.  While there will not be blinking light that we are used to seeing on the bezels, instead it’s a pulsing Ambient Display that activates when you have notifications available. This app creates a pulsing ambient display. Instead of having the ambient display on all the time, this app will “pulse” it on an interval, sort of like a pulsing notification LED.

LED Notification Light, Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL

The app has a few options that you can change. You can select the apps you want to receive notifications from, as well as the interval of the pulsating effect. At this moment the app works on the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and OnePlus 6T. While this app doesn’t return the traditional LED light, it is a very good replacement.

Get LED Notification on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL – No Root

Download the Pixel Pulse app from Play Store to get the LED Notification:

Download: Pixel Pulse

Pixel Pulse allows you to choose the interval for pulsing, as well as which specific apps that will present notifications when the screen is locked. The paid features allow you to edit the color and notification icon. Since the app is exclusively made for Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and OnePlus 6T, most likely it won’t be working on any other device. I tried it on my Google Pixel but it didn’t work out.

All in all, it’s a useful app for Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T owners who would like to get back the notification LED.

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